4 Countries - Countless Beers: The Great Beer Route
Do you have two weeks and a desire to explore central Europe through the eyes of the beer holder? Then join us on a journey through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic!
This tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground while drinking some of the world’s most famous beers and visiting breweries along the ay. Many of those breweries are known all over the world, such as Heineken, Pilsner Urquell or Delirium.
Day 1 Amsterdam
Arrival at Amsterdam airport and transfer to the hotel . Free time at your disposal. At 6:30 pm you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby to go to the Brouwerij De Prael micro brewery . Enjoy in the brewery’s own pub a tasting of 4 craft beers with high alcohol con- tent, reaching up to 11.5% vol.
Day 2 Amsterdam (Heineken) – Tilburg (Trappist) Antwerp Amsterdam city tour, get to know the production of beer through the unique Heineken Experience, without a doubt, the most famous in Holland . In 1886 the “A” type yeast was dis- covered, which gives the characteristic flavor to Heineken. Enjoy two glasses of Heineken, directly from the factory . Travel to Tilburg, in the middle of the Trappist monastery, enjoy the only white ale trappist beer in the world . End of the day in Antwerp .
Day 3 Antwep – Eltvelde (Triple, Blond, IPA & Lambic) – Bruges
Belgium, this small country of- fers the largest variety of beers in the world . Start with the typical beer of Antwerp, De Koninck and visit its brewery . Trip to the factory of the superior beers in Eltvelde . Learn the art of traditional beer brewing adapted to technological advances. Accommodation in Bruges.
Day 4 Bruges – Gent (Delirium – Strong Blond Ale) – Brussels View of the modern and old part of the Halve Maan brewery, the only one in the world that transports beer through a pipeline. Tasting of La Brugse Zot, a very tasty blond beer with high fermentation. Travel to Gent and then to the famous Delirium brewery with proof of its exquisite Strong Blond Ale beer with 8.5% vol. Accommodation in Brussels.
Day 5 Brussels – Leuven (Stella Artois) – Cologne (Kölsch) Visit of Brussels, including the Beer Planet store, with the largest collection of Belgian beers. Trip to Leuven, brief visit and continue trip to the Stella Artois brewery (since 1366). Tasting of this delicious Lager beer with 5.0% vol. Continue your Trip to Cologne, here we recommend dining at the typical Früh Kölsch brewery, Ale beer . Accommo- dation in Cologne.
Day 6 Cologne – Heidelberg – Black Forest (Lager Beer) Short visit to the center of Cologne, then departure to Heidelberg, to visit the Abbey and Klosterhof Brewery. After a tour of the brewery you can enjoy a sample of different types of beer . Lunch at the Klosterhof Restaurant (not included). Then travel to the famous Black Forest region, where tonight you will have an authentic experience: you will sleep in an authentic German inn which belongs to the craft factory of beers, Rothaus*** .
Day 7 Black Forest – Hop Farm – Munich (Wheat Beer) Departure to the Hopfengut farm No20, where the best hops are produced, equipped with modern agricultural technology and strictly in accordance with German purity law (Reinheitsgebot in German). You will discover the ingredient that gives character and soul to beer. Note that hop fields can be seen best in the European summer. Tasting of 3 special beers. Trip to Munich. Recommendation: enjoy a wheat beer (in German Weissbier) made with a high proportion of wheat malt, whitish hue and a slight vanilla flavor. Accommodation in Munich.
Day 8 Munich (Munich Helles and Märzen)
Visit the major attractions of Munich ending in the main square “Marienplatz” . During the tour you can taste some Bavarian specialties in the Viktualienmarkt ” . Typical Bavarian lunch and a Maß beer (1 liter) at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, official Oktoberfest beer with 5.1% vol. Free time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in a “Biergarten” beer garden (on request).
Day 9 Munich – Kloster Weltenburg (Bock) – Nuremberg Trip to the Benedictine Monastery of Weltenburg, the oldest beer producer in the world (since 1050). Be sure to try the Asam Bock beer that won second place as “the best black beer in Germany (not always available). In the afternoon travel to Nuremberg, enjoy a walking tour with urban history and tasting of Bavarian and Franconian cuisine .
Day 10 Nuremberg – Bamberg (Black Beer) – Kulmbach – Pilsen In the morning travel to Bam- berg which is famous for its beers and its old center (UN- ESCO Heritage). Tasting of the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier (in German “Smoked Beer”), style of beer typically dark in color and smoked in taste . The smoking is due to the smoke of the malt on the fire during the brewing process. Next you will visit Kulmbach and the beer museum. Accommodation in Pilsen .
Day 11 Pilsen (Pilsner Urquell) Pilsen, the name that every- one relates to beer . Visit the legendary Pilsner Urquell beer factory, you will learn about the ingredients with which Pilsner beer is made. The culmination of the tour is a tasting of natural beer, without filtration, in the historic cellar. Recommendation: visit of the medieval center.
Day 12 Pilsen – Ceske Budejovice/Budweis Departure to Ceske Budejovice (or Budweis, in German).There you will get to know another great producer of Czech beers: Budweiser Budvar . This beer has a strong maltose flavor and a medium bitterness. Golden yellow, it is produced based on Saaz, one of the most famous hop varieties in the world. Did you know that the name Budweiser has been in dispute between two companies since 1907, one Czech and one from the US? Accommodation in Ceske Budejovice .
Day 13 Ceske Budejovice/ Budweis – Prague
Departure to the capital of Czech Republic, Prague . Also known as the golden city . Visit the historic center and its main tourist points. After the city tour time free to enjoy at your leisure. Recommendation: dine at the Prague Beer Museum & Pub, which offers a giant selection of more than 30 of the best craft beers on tap in the Region, live music and traditional food. Accommodation in Prague.
Day 14 Prague (Lager Beer) After breakfast, visit the Staropramen Center, part of the hi- storic building complex of the brewery in the old industrial district of Prague . Our interactive tour will take you on a journey from the foundation to modern days . Premium beer tasting, light lager type, has a flavor with a soft note of malt and a slight bitterness, 5% vol. Accommodation in Prague.
Day 15 Prague – Airport Breakfast. At the agreed time private transfer to Prague airport .